Project Management – what’s it all about?
It’s about Customers with needs. And building and leading a team to deliver and satisfy those needs.
Are we doing the right projects? Does our Portfolio of projects address the strategic objectives of our organization? Have we started too many projects to obtain the desired ROI?
Have we clustered like projects together into programs? Have we properly identified Programs and empowered managers to deliver these programs?
And then the rubber meets the road – Project Management. Document the needs. Gain approval. Secure the funding. Create the plan to deliver those needs. Monitor and control. Communication. Establish the Processes to deliver those needs. Obtain acceptance from the Customer.
But then there is always change. It wouldn’t be interesting without change, would it? Enter Change Control! We may not get the team we need when we need it. So we Crash schedules! Negotiate for resources! And the discipline of Project Management must come in to play to succeed.
Joe Caruso is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) adept at planning and organizing large multi-discipline initiatives, impacting mission critical business processes and technology at an enterprise level. His resourcefulness, problem solving and creative abilities have delivered solutions and improvements in the area of project management methodologies, financial services, regulatory compliance, Vendor Management, Call Centre infrastructure, e-commerce, network infrastructure, pipeline maintenance, project management governance and corporate strategies. Cohesive, focused and productive teams are his trademark, resulting from his proven leadership and communication skills. Joe is a member of the award winning PMI Southern Ontario Chapter and has taught Project Management in the Continuing Education program at Humber College, Toronto, Ontario.
Project Excellence for Challenging Times
Joe is the founder of GAC Management and Consulting. His mission is to help customers:
- deliver successful projects
- handling tough situations
- in less time
- with less rework
- reducing project costs
- delivering benefits faster
- and leave some of himself behind through coaching and mentoring to your people.
What do past clients have to say about Joe Caruso?
“Thank you for all your efforts on the Financial Planning program. You ramped up very quickly to replace the incumbent who went on leave, integrated well with the teams, managed a good RFP process and coordinated a lot of business and IT folks in order to help us make the right decision on our financial planning tool.” Canadian Tire Corporation (2009)
“You proved yourself adaptable and able to handle unstructured situations and tight time lines. You quickly established yourself as a supportive team player, earning the respect of the waste management consultants serving as the project leads. Thank you for your contribution to a successful roll-out.” Stewardship Ontario (2008)
“I must commend you for effectively engaging all Stakeholders while being allocated to manage two demanding strategic projects.” Aviva Canada (2007)
“You excelled as a Project Manager and a Facilitator, and delighted the Customer, delivering what was asked for within rigid timeframes.” RBC Dexia Investor Services (2006)
“Basel II Compliance was not an easy assignment and you handled the bumps in the road with professionalism.” TD Bank Financial Group (2004/05)
“Your report impressed me with the number of deliverables that your program successfully implemented to facilitate the merger of the call centres.” Sun Life Financial (2003)
“In what was a challenging environment, you managed to both obtain the required planning information from all program managers and influence integration leaders to recognize the full suite of external dependencies.” Sun Life Financial (2002)
“I am impressed with how you were able to understand our issues re: pipeline maintenance projects and gain the confidence of my team during such a short engagement.” TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. (2001)
“You exceeded our expectations, finishing more than what was expected, in less time, and at less cost. I would like to thank you and your team for your great customer service.” Ministry of the Attorney General / Government of Ontario (1999)
“You were thrown into a pretty tough and crazy situation, with many competing vendors on your team, but you have really shone and held your own.” Fujitsu Consulting (1998).
“I know when I assign it to you, it will get done, and I don’t have to worry about it.” Bell Sygma (1997)
Contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile 647-292-8528